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VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 53 | Saturday, December 30, 2017
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Iowa State Edges Memphis 21-20 in AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Tigers Finish Season 10-3

The Memphis Tigers came up just short in their effort to win 11 games for the first time in program history, falling 21-20 to Iowa Saturday in the 59th AutoZone Liberty Bowl before a sold-out stadium.

Worth the Wait

For long-suffering Memphis football fans, 2017 has been a 'dream season'

A true college football fan’s pain is personal because losing extracts a cost. Food doesn’t taste as good. Sleep doesn’t come as easily. The hurt goes to depths that not everyone can understand.

City Puts Price of Convention Center Renovation at $175M

The renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center will cost $175 million and should be completed by the end of 2019, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland announced Friday, Dec. 29.

EDITORIAL

Editorial: Though Statues are Down, Work is Just Beginning

They may be the most famous pedestals in Memphis – the ones where the horseback image of Nathan Bedford Forrest stood for 113 years and the relatively slender pinnacle where Jefferson Davis stood for a mere 53 years.

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Monuments Moment Spans Generational Lines

Van Turner Sr. celebrated his 73rd birthday Wednesday, Dec. 20, as his son, county commissioner Van Turner Jr., was somewhere near the epicenter of the most significant chapter of the city’s long-running controversy over Confederate monuments.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

This Week in Memphis History: December 29-January 4

2008: Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton tells the Memphis Kiwanis Club that he will again pursue the consolidation of city and county governments as he begins his fifth four-year term of office.

2017: YEAR IN REVIEW

Beale’s Question Mark

As 2017 ends, control of entertainment district still not settled

For all of the change in the Memphis landscape announced in 2017 – including the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s decision to move to the riverfront and plans for several “gateway” developments around the city – Beale Street was in a holding pattern for most of the year.

2017 a Year of Expansions, New Beginnings in Memphis Arts

After years of planning, design and construction, Crosstown Arts finally in mid-October moved into its new space on the second floor of Crosstown Concourse.

Mixed-Use Defines Retail Real Estate in 2017

In many ways, the world of retail real estate was tied to the rise of massive mixed-use projects that continued to grow in both scope and popularity in 2017.

RESTAURANT NEWS

South Main Market Adding New Vendors Soon

Civil Pour is one of the newest additions to the South Main Market and offers drinks like local beer, wine and craft cocktails along with small bites and other items at its space in Memphis’ new food hall.

Tiki Bar Joins List of New Memphis Restaurants

Memphis’ restaurant community will get a little bigger almost immediately in 2018, with a new tiki bar concept in Midtown courtesy of Hi-Tone owner Brian “Skinny” McCabe and restaurateur Jeff Johnson.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Downtown Hotel Revival; Two Companies Look to Expand in Southwest Memphis

5050 E. Holmes Road, Memphis, TN 38118 -
Agilent Technologies has been awarded a 10-year Fast Track payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) incentive to expand its facility at 5050 Holmes Road. The company said it will create 117 jobs paying an average salary of $40,670 excluding benefits.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Recording Studio Owner Leaves Nashville for Memphis

A little more than a year ago, Scott McEwen had an epiphany that would end up bringing the Nashville recording studio owner to Memphis.

LAW & THE COURTS

Panel Finds Juvenile Court Standards Lacking

There is a lack of guidance from the state to juvenile courts across the state and a lack of consistency among those courts in how they deal with juveniles, according to a 25-page report issued this month by a joint ad hoc Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force of the Tennessee Legislature.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Attorney Wooten Joins Evans Petree as Shareholder

Attorney William Allen Wooten has joined Evans Petree PC as a shareholder, working in the firm’s Memphis office as well as its new location at the current Wooten Law Firm in Covington, Tennessee.

ENERGY

Energy Savings Fuel Entegrity’s Growth

With environmental issues becoming a more common consideration and saving money always in vogue, it’s a great time to be in the construction industry. Those are the sentiments of Entegrity Partners, which has benefitted from an industry shift in recent years to more sustainable buildings.

GOVERNMENT

Palazzolo Says Germantown Multifamily Moratorium Result of Pent-Up Demand

When Germantown began exploring mixed-use development by opening up some commercial areas to residential development with commercial, the market responded quickly.

HIGHER EDUCATION

Haslam Considering Changes to UT Board of Trustees

Gov. Bill Haslam is considering reducing the number University of Tennessee Board of Trustees members and trimming the number of finalists presented for top leadership positions in the UT system, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally has confirmed.

TECHNOLOGY

Iowa State’s Not-So-Secret Weapon: Joel Lanning

Maybe when Iowa State upset No. 3 Oklahoma 38-31 in early October, you saw the score roll by on the bottom of your television screen. What you probably didn’t see, but need to know in advance of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl this Saturday, is this:

Getting Connected

Tech901 graduates new technology workers for jobs in Memphis

Ivan Ortiz found himself not too long ago with a passing interest in pursuing an IT career – passing, in that he wasn’t completely sure about it, nor was he totally sure how to make it a reality.

MEDICAL DISTRICT

UTHSC’s New Police HQ To Serve Entire Medical District

With multiple multimillion-dollar projects sprouting up not only on the University of Tennessee Health Science Center campus but throughout the Memphis Medical District as a whole, one project hopes to tie them all together – UTHSC’s $20 million security investment.

HEALTH CARE

UTHSC's Stern Proposes Substance Addiction Network

For Dr. David Stern of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, his interest in proposing a new pilot program to benefit those with mental health and substance use problems comes from a deeply personal as well as professional place.

SPORTS

His Way: Tubby Smith Figured Out Who He Was Long Ago and He’s Not Changing

The Daily News’ Exclusive Interview With the U of M Basketball Coach

When his visitor was about to leave, Orlando Tubby Smith had one more story. About a time his father had given him an assignment on the family farm in Maryland. 

Titans' Season Once Again Hinges on Jacksonville

By now, Titans fans know winning Sunday’s game against Jacksonville would put the team in an NFL playoff game for the first time since Jan. 10, 2009.

Rising Programs

Memphis, Iowa State want to end season with a win

Iowa State plays in college football mecca as a Power 5 member, albeit in the Big 12. The University of Memphis lives in the non-Power 5 outer ring that is the American Athletic Conference. The Cyclones (7-5) play a tougher league schedule. That’s just true. And they pulled two big-time upsets by beating Oklahoma, which is in the College Football Playoffs, and then-No. 4 TCU.

ISU Defense a Challenge; Tigers Snag 13 Early Signings for 2018

Iowa State may or may not be the best defensive team the University of Memphis has faced this season. But whatever designation you put on the Tigers’ opponent in Saturday’s Dec. 30 AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Memphis coach Mike Norvell knows this:

SMALL BUSINESS

Peace of Mind

Shred Shop adds layer of security with HIPAA certification

Medical identity theft is the nation’s fastest-growing form of identity theft, with about 2.3 million cases in 2014 alone, according to Consumer Reports. If an individual’s health insurance is used by someone else for doctor visits, procedures, or procuring medications and devices, the ramifications can be costly and can destroy the victim’s credit. The patient can also be denied coverage if caps are reached, for example.

Iowa State Edges Memphis 21-20 in AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Tigers Finish Season 10-3

The Memphis Tigers came up just short in their effort to win 11 games for the first time in program history, falling 21-20 to Iowa Saturday in the 59th AutoZone Liberty Bowl before a sold-out stadium.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

Democrats Look to Cooperate on Key Issues

With the state’s budget projected to be tight and lawmakers lining up to run for re-election in 2018, the coming legislative session isn’t expected to yield many surprises.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Outrageous 2017

EVERY DAY, AN EMBARRASSMENT OF CHOICES. This year is, thankfully, coming to a close.

Doubting Your Job’s Impact? Take a Ride

The new year often brings thoughts of change, of starting something new, something different. Perhaps you have grown a little jaded about what you do now and feel that tug to reinvent yourself.

Powers of Attorney: A Big Part of the Plan

Ray’s Take: There are multiple moving parts to a good estate plan and various powers of attorney are an important element. Power of attorney basically gives someone else the right to act on your behalf; there are two types of powers of attorney.

Counterfeit Products Harm Consumers and Businesses

Fingerlings were hot toys this past holiday season. They’re interactive monkey finger puppets that sold out quickly at some stores. Desperate parents searching for them online were relieved to find the toys for sale on well-known and other seemingly legitimate websites.

If Interviewing Were Dating

Interviewing for a job is a nerve-wracking process. When else do we want others to judge us? We spend so much time preparing – finding the perfect clothes, organizing our resume and sneaking out of our job. We ask for recommendations from our old bosses.

Make These Sales Resolutions

Change is hard for most people, but only through change can we grow. The new year is the perfect time to take a hard look at what worked in your sales approach and what didn’t deliver for you in 2017, to break ineffective sales habits, and to resolve to adjust your approach.

Investing In Black-Led Organizations

Are all nonprofits created equally? Do they receive equal investment? Have equitable access to resources and expertise? Do we need to take a closer look at black-led organizations to help ensure their sustainability and effectiveness? What role do these organizations play and why are they important?

Innovation Metrics: Rock, Lava, Smoke

When organizations begin their innovation journey, they have no idea how to account for the many forms of value that gets created. They may also have dormant fears about changing modes of work to effectively innovate.

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PROPERTY SALES 57 252 6,191
MORTGAGES 73 287 7,379
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 37 1,152
BUILDING PERMITS 227 556 13,147
BANKRUPTCIES 40 153 4,500
BUSINESS LICENSES 25 86 2,448
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 37 110 2,650
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